Kennedy records on Papua

Jason Smathers filed this request with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum of the United States of America.


From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All records concerning the province of Indonesia currently known as Papua. The province was known as "West New Guinea" or "Netherlands New Guinea" until 1969, when it was renamed "West Irian" until 1973 when it was renamed "Irian Jaya." Please search for records on each name appropriate for the time frame. Include all records concerning "the August 1962 New York Agreement," the so-called "Act of Free Choice," and the 1969 election on self-determination.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Jason Smathers
Filed via
185 Beacon St. #3
Somerville, MA 02143

Daytime: (857) 488- 3081

From: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

To whom _this_ may concern:

Please have Mr. Smathers contact us directly. The Freedom of Information Act is not applicable to his request, which is answerable by other means.

Yours truly,

Stephen Plotkin
Reference Archivist
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library


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